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Wishes come true! Winners announced for Make a Wish/WÜNSCH DIR WAS! the idea competition for teenagers

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

In autumn 2011 the National Museums in Berlin launched its first idea competition for teenagers, inviting our younger visitors to develop ideas that they would like to see implemented in a museum.

Yesterday was crunch time: the seven-person jury, made up of representatives from the National Museums, the sponsor, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, and figures from the world of cultural education and the fine arts, along with two young adults from the target age group, selected the winners, who are: Michelle Biallowons (16), Luca Kokol (16), Cleo Schätzle (16), Chayenne Schlüter (16), Kelly Schlüter (17) and Sophia Wohlfarth (18). As a prize, they will see their idea implemented in the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin in February 2012. The winners, who entered as a group by the name of MIXART, wanted a room in Hamburger Bahnhof, in which workshops and events could be drawn up and held in collaboration with young people. The room will provide a space where fine art, music, dance and theatre can converge and unite. According to the jury, MIXART was selected from all the ideas submitted, because its approach matches the ethos of the diverse collections and exhibitions in the Hamburger Bahnhof and their broadened concept of art.

Katharina Wirth (16) and Zeynep Eres (17) won the special Utopia prize for their innovative idea - 'Robot Hand' - that cannot, however, be implemented as part of the competition. Their wish was for a mechanical glove, which would allow the wearer to experience the movements made by an artist while drawing or sketching an artwork. The jury described this wish of being able to immerse oneself in the creative act as 'Utopia par excellence'. The school pupils won an exclusive evening with friends in the exhibition 'Tomás Saraceno. Cloud Cities' in the Hamburger Bahnhof.

The jury were not the only ones to have their say: from 4 to 11 January 2012 the general public had the chance to vote for their favourites from a preselection of the best ideas from the competition, posted on the Make a Wish/WÜNSCH DIR WAS! Facebook page. The project 'Raum der Zukunft' (Room of the Future) received the most votes with 61 'I like' clicks, making it the winner of the public's choice award. Their wish is a room that makes it possible for visitors to be transported to other worlds through three-dimensional media installations and movement. Lukas Nölte (18) and Max Worner (17) were awarded a digital camera for their entry and have been invited to sit on the jury for next year's Make a Wish/WÜNSCH DIR WAS!
The idea competition Make a Wish/WÜNSCH DIR WAS! is aimed at young adults aged 13 to 18 or pupils up to the 13th grade. The competition provides a platform for their wishes, ideas and visions on the theme of the museum. The project is sponsored by the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe.

Make a Wish/WÜNSCH DIR WAS! takes place once a year at rotating venues at the National Museums in Berlin and was held for the first time in autumn in 2011 at the Hamburger Bahnhof.